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Catedral Primada de America

Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-3848
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Calle Arzobispo Merino (on the south side of Columbus Sq.), Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-682-3848
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Reviewed yesterday

It is not the Sistine Chapel, but it is beautiful and well preserved. It was built back in the 1500s, the first church on this side of the world.

Thank marclaudi
Reviewed 2 days ago

Great site and would recommend this tour to anyone that enjoys culture. You will spend at least 2 hours at this location.

Thank montym454
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

You need to pay to enter and although it is not much (60 pesos) there is nothing really to see here.. especially if you are from Europe..your hometown church has most likely more to show.

Thank Rafal R
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a beautiful structure! You also have the opportunity to learn a lot about the history of the church by listening to recorded information on a tape that they give you. Even if you're not interested in the history of this place, just seeing...More

Thank Stephanie M
Reviewed 6 days ago

The very unique about this cathedral is the fact it was the first one built in the new world. During my first visit there in 1967, in its basement they had a tomb of, supposedly, El Caudillo Trujillo. When his son went to claim the...More

Thank VCRC57
Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful exhibition that is sure to educate and entertain. I love the church itself and I looked at each exhibit.

Thank Kelvin J
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

very nice and magical place. high recommended. tipp: shoulders and knees has to be covered for women and men!

Thank Andrea_Cologne
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cathedral of Santa María la Menor in the Colonial Zone of Santo Domingo is dedicated to St. Mary of the Incarnation. It is the oldest cathedral in the Americas, begun in 1512 and completed in 1540 I strongly recommend visiting this Cathedral. It is...More

Thank mwakadini
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not being extremely religious, I have always still made a point to visit many of the world's historic churches for their architectural beauty. This one did not disappoint. Beautiful paintings and stonework through, this is truly one of the gems of Santo Domingo. Ladies, make...More

Thank Sam H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must see for history buffs. This is the cathedral which originally contained the remains of Christopher Columbus. Audio guided tour available in several languages and highly recommended.

Thank Kelvis M
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What is the fee to tour the church?
6 October 2015|
Response from ajps1020 | Reviewed this property |
I don't recall exactly but it was something like US$4 approximately.
yes, the security guard is very rude. I lost my interest recommending this church to tourists.
6 April 2015|
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Response from Aberaha | Reviewed this property |
Certainly had no problem there. Still recommend the visit
Is this the oldest catholic church in the new world?
26 February 2015|
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Response from patty_montandon | Reviewed this property |
Yes this the first Catholic Church in all America, founded in 1512. It's very impressive and interesting, should be in better condition but our government dont take care of our most valuable and historical resources.